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Ethics Committee
This committee's purpose is to encourage the use of the Society's Code of Ethics, which promotes the highest professional standards for journalists of all disciplines. Public concerns are often answered by this committee. It also acts as a spotter for reporting trends in the nation, accumulating case studies of jobs well done under trying circumstances.

Ethics Committee chair

Andrew Seaman
Bio (click to expand) Andrew is a medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York. Before coming to Reuters Health, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow at Reuters’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2011, Andrew graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow and was named “Student of the Year.” Andrew also graduated with his B.A. from Wilkes University in 2011.

He’s won numerous awards throughout his short career, including being named a 2010 Tom Bigler Scholar for ethical standards in journalism, the 2009 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, the 2009 and the Arthur H. Barlow National Student Journalist of the Year Award.

Monica Guzman, co-vice chair
Bio (click to expand) Monica is a Sunday columnist for The Seattle Times and a weekly columnist for GeekWire, covering issues in digital life. She was a juror for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, serves on the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute and contributed the closing chapter, “Community As an End,” to the 2013 Poynter book “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century.” From 2007 to 2010, Monica launched and ran the innovative Big Blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and, complementing news and culture coverage with weekly reader meetups. From 2010 to 2012 she developed user communities for Seattle startups like Intersect, Trover and Glympse before kicking off her Times column.

A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, Monica emcees the popular quarterly community speaker series Ignite Seattle and is assisting the American Press Institute with a newsroom innovation project. Monica served on the ethics code revision task force and is an active member of the Western Washington Pro chapter of SPJ. She is currently serving as chapter president.

Fred Brown, co-vice chair
2862 S. Oakland Ct.
Aurora, Colo., 80014
Bio (click to expand) picture Fred Brown is a former national president of SPJ (1997-98) and is very active on its ethics committee. He writes a column on ethics for Quill magazine and served on the committee that wrote the Society’s 1996 code of ethics.

Brown officially retired from The Denver Post in early 2002, but continues to write a Sunday editorial page column for the newspaper. He also does analysis for Denver’s NBC television station, teaches communication ethics at the University of Denver, and is a principal in Hartman & Brown, LLP, a media training and consulting firm. He has won several awards for writing and community service, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial writing in 1988. He is an Honor Alumnus of Colorado State University, a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame, and serves on the boards of directors of Colorado Public Radio, the Colorado Freedom of Information Council and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

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Lauren Bartlett
Bio (click to expand) picture Lauren Bartlett is currently a Director at Large for the Society of Professional Journalists, chairs the national Communications Committee and is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Finance Committee.
Lauren was a three-time president of SPJ’s Greater Los Angeles chapter. Lauren works in media relations at Southern California Edison and previously worked in media relations at UCLA, her alma mater.

Before joining UCLA in 2000, Lauren was a reporter in Los Angeles for 12 years, the last 10 of which were at the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the country’s largest daily legal affairs newspaper.

Lauren’s professional career began when she was a junior in high school and wrote a weekly column for the Contra Costa Sun. In her senior year of high school she reported for the Contra Costa Times. While attending UCLA she interned at the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Copley News Service.

Upon graduation Lauren worked at the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press and City News Service, a regional wire service, before joining the Daily Journal.

Lauren was honored in 2011 with a President’s Award for distinguished service to the Society. In 2001, she was honored with the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award for her contributions to the SPJ Greater Los Angeles chapter and Region 11. She has been a member of the SPJ/LA Board of Directors since 1996.

David Cohn

Elizabeth Donald
Bio (click to expand) picture Elizabeth Donald has been a reporter with the News-Democrat for over a decade. She is a mobile reporter covering Madison County, with an emphasis on city government, education and the environment. She is the News-Democrat's liaison to the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois, author of several fiction novels and writes CultureGeek, the News-Democrat's pop-culture blog.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Donald is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities on the practical applications of journalism ethics and the changing nature of newspapers in the 21st century. She has won multiple awards and currently serves as vice president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists.

Mike Farrell
Bio (click to expand) picture Mike Farrell serves as director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky and as an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. He began teaching as an adjunct in 1980 at Northern Kentucky University, continued as a graduate teaching assistant at UK in 1996, and has been a full-time faculty member there since 2000. He won the college teaching award in 2006.

He teaches reporting, media ethics, media law, journalism history, editing, media law, covering religion news and column writing.

He was a reporter, city editor and managing editor during a 20-year career at The Kentucky Post.

A native of Northern Kentucky, he earned his undergraduate degree at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees at UK, where he focused on media law. He is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter and co-adviser of the UK student chapter of SPJ.

Carole Feldman

Paul Fletcher
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
Virginia Lawyers Media
Bio (click to expand) Paul Fletcher has been publisher and editor-in-chief at Virginia Lawyers Weekly in Richmond, Virginia, since 1989. He joined the newspaper the previous year as news editor, after practicing law in Southwest Virginia for three years.

A graduate of the Washington & Lee University law school, he earned his undergraduate degree at the College of William & Mary and an M.A. in English from Emory University.

Fletcher has been a member of SPJ since 1992 and serves on the SPJ Ethics Committee. He is the immediate past president of the Virginia Pro chapter.

He has won a number of state and national journalism awards, including honors for editorial, feature and column writing.

Irwin Gratz
Bio (click to expand) picture Irwin Gratz has been in radio news for nearly 30 years. He worked as a reporter, anchor and News Director for the number-one rated commercial station in Portland, Maine before going to work for public radio in 1992 as local anchor of “Morning Edition.”

A native of New York City, Irwin holds a Masters Degree in journalism from New York University. He has taught a college course on media ethics and has been a guest lecturer on journalism ethics and broadcast news writing.

Irwin has been a member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1983 and has held positions as a state chapter president, a member of its national board and was the Society’s national President in 2004 and 2005.

Irwin lives outside of Portland, Maine with his wife and young son.

Hagit Limor
Investigative Reporter
Bio (click to expand) picture Hagit Limor’s experience with SPJ includes stints as National President; National President-Elect; National Secretary-Treasurer; National Membership Committee; National Finance Committee Chair; current National Legal Defense Fund Committee chair; National Chair of Executive Director Search Committee; Board Member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation; and Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter President, membership chairman and current chapter treasurer.

Outside of SPJ, she serves in dual roles as a professor at the University of Cincinnati's Electronic Media Department and as WXIX-TV's Emmy and national award-winning investigative reporter. Her abilities as a writer and reporter have garnered Hagit more than 100 national, state and local awards, including ten Emmy awards, a National Headliner Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards and as a national finalist with the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association. Hagit received bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Chris Roberts

Lynn Walsh
Bio (click to expand) picture Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she leads the KNSD investigative team at the NBC TV station in San Diego, California, where she is the Investigative Executive Producer.

Most recently, she was working as data producer and investigative reporter for the E.W. Scripps National Desk producing stories for the 30+ Scripps news organizations across the country. Before moving to the national desk, she worked as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5, the Scripps owned TV station in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has won state and local awards as well as multiple Emmy’s for her stories. She loves holding the powerful accountable and spends more time than she would like fighting for access to public information.

Her passion lies in telling multimedia stories that deliver hard hitting facts across multiple platforms. She describes herself as a "data-viz nerd" who is obsessed with new online tools to share information on the web and mobile applications.

She is a contributor to the Radio Television Digital News Association blog and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for SPJ and is a member of SPJ’s FOI, Generation J and Ethics committees.

Lynn is always interested in new projects surrounding FOI, public information access, mobile reporting tools, social media and interactive journalism. She is a proud Bobcat Alumna and graduated from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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Sociedade dos Jornalistas Profissionais Código de Ética

Preâmbulo Os membros da Sociedade dos Jornalistas Profissionais acreditam que o esclarecimento público é o precursor da justiça e o fundamento da democracia. O dever do jornalista é chegar a esses fins buscando a verdade e fornecendo um relato justo e abrangente de eventos e questões. Jornalistas conscientes de todos os meios e especialidades lutam ara servir ao público completa e honestamente. A integridade profissional é a base da credibilidade do jornalista. Os membros da Sociedade dedicam-se ao comportamento ético e adotam este código para declarar os princípios e padrões de prática da Sociedade.

Buscar e Relatar a Verdade
Journalistas devem ser honestos, justos e corajosos ao coletar, relatar e interpretar a informação.

Jornalistas devem:

— Testar a exatidão da informação de todas as fontes e exercitar o cuidado para evitar erros inadvertidos. A distorção deliberada nunca deve ser permitida.
— Buscar diligentemente os personagens das notícias, para dar-lhes a oportunidade de responder a acusações.
— Identificar as fontes sempre que possível. O público deve receber tanta informação quanto possível sobre a confiabilidade da fonte.
— Sempre questionar os motivos das fontes antes de prometer anonimato. Esclarecer as condições inerentes a qualquer promessa feita em troca de informação. Cumprir as promessas.
— Certificar-se de que as manchetes, chamadas e material promocional, fotos, vídeo, áudio, gráficos, declarações e citações não estão mal representados. Eles não devem supersimplificar ou salientar incidentes fora de contexto.
— Nunca distorcer o conteúdo de fotos ou vídeos noticiosos. Melhoramento técnico para dar clareza à imagem é sempre permitido. Identificar montagens e fotoilustrações.
— Evitar representações enganosas ou noticiar fatos montados. Se a representação é necessária para contar uma história, identifique-a como tal.
— Evitar métodos ocultos ou sub-reptícios de coletar informação, exceto quando os métodos abertos tradicionais não podem revelar informações vitais para o público. O uso desses métodos deve ser explicado como parte da história.
— Nunca plagiar.
— Contar com confiança a história da diversidade e magnitude da experiência humana, mesmo quando isso for impopular.
— Examinar seus próprios valores culturais e evitar impor esses valores aos outros.
— Evitar estereótipos de raça, gênero, idade, religião, etnia, geografia, orientação sexual, deficiência, aparência física ou status social.
— Apoiar o intercâmbio aberto de visões de mundo, mesmo de visões consideradas repugnantes.
— Dar voz a quem não a tem; fontes oficiais e não-oficiais de informação podem ser igualmente válidas.
— Fazer distinção entre defesa e reportagem. A análise e o comentário devem ser identificados e não deturpar fato ou contexto.
— Fazer a distinção entre notícia e propaganda e evitar os híbridos que borram as divisões entre ambos.
— Reconhecer uma obrigação especial de certificar-se de que o negócio público é conduzido abertamente e de que os registros do governo estão abertos à inspeção.

Minimizar os Prejuízos
Jornalistas éticos tratam as fontes, personagens e colegas como seres humanos que merecem respeito.

Os jornalistas devem:

—Mostrar compaixão por aqueles que podem ser afetados negativamente pela cobertura jornalística. Usar sensibilidade especial ao tratar com crianças e fontes e personagens inexperientes.
— Ser sensíveis ao procurar ou usar entrevistas ou fotos daqueles afetados por tragédias ou aflição.
— Reconhecer que coletar e relatar a informaçãopode causar prejuízo ou desconforto. A busca da notícia não dá direito à arrogância.
— Reconhecer que os indivíduos particulares têm mais direito a controlar a informação sobre si próprios do que os ocupantes de cargos públicos e outros que buscam poder, influência ou atenção. Somente uma extrema necessidade pública pode justificar a intromissão na privacidade de qualquer um.
— Demonstrar bom gosto. Evitar o estímulo de curiosidades sensacionalistas.
— Ser cuidadosos ao identificar suspeitos juvenis ou vítimas de crimes sexuais.
— Ser judiciosos ao nomear suspeitos de crimes antes do encaminhamento formal da acusação.
— Balancear os direitos de um suspeito de crimes a um julgamento justo com o direito do público a ser informado.

Agir com Independência
Os jornalistas devem ser livres de obrigações com qualquer interesse além do direito do público a saber.

Os jornalistas devem:

— Evitar conflitos de interesse, reais ou percebidos.
— Permanecer livres de associações e atividades que possam comprometer a integridade ou danificar a credibilidade.
— Recusar presentes, favores, gratificações, viagens gratuitas e tratamento especial, e evitar segundos empregos, envolvimento político, cargos públicos e servir a organizações comunitárias se elas comprometem a integridade jornalística.
— Deixar claro quando há conflitos inevitáveis.
— Ser vigilantes e corajosos para manter a responsabilidade dos que têm o poder.
— Negar tratamento favorável a anunciantes e a quem quer que tenha interesses especiais, resistindo a sua pressão para influenciar a cobertura da notícia.
— Desconfiar de fontes que oferecem informação em troca de favores ou dinheiro; evitar fazer ofertas pela notícia.

Ser responsáveis
Os jornalistas são responsáveis com seus leitores, ouvintes, espectadores ou qualquer outro público.

Os jornalistas devem:

—Esclarecer e explicar a cobertura da notícia e estimular o debate público sobre a conduta jornalística.
— Encorajar o público a expressar discordâncias com a imprensa.
— Admitir erros e corrigi-los prontamente.
— Expor práticas anti-éticas de jornalistas e da imprensa em geral.
— Agir pelos mesmos altos padrões pelos quais julgam os outros.

Tradução: Marcelo Soares (

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